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  Labor Situation - State of Connecticut Last Updated: August 15, 2014
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State posts sixth straight month of nonfarm job gains; unemployment rate falls to 6.6%.
WETHERSFIELD, August 15, 2014 - Preliminary nonfarm employment estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s (BLS) payroll survey indicate Connecticut added 2,400 total nonfarm jobs (0.1%) in July. This is the sixth consecutive monthly increase and the state has now added 9,200 jobs (0.6%) over the year. June’s preliminary nonfarm job gain of 1,700 was revised up to 2,200 (0.1%) as well. This boosts the current nonfarm employment recovery highpoint for Connecticut to 1,670,300 jobs (64.1% of job loss recovered). The core private sector July job gains were even stronger (3,100, 0.2%). The private sector has now added 17,300 jobs (1.2%) over the year.

The unemployment rate in Connecticut (from the household survey) was 6.6% in July 2014. This is down one-tenth of a percentage point from the June 2014 figure of 6.7% and lower by one and three-tenths of a percentage point from the July 2013 rate of 7.9%. The unemployment rate has not been this low in the state since December 2008 when it was 6.7% (it was 6.4% in November 2008 and rising fast at the time). The number of unemployed residents has declined by 23,545 (-16.1%) since July 2013. Connecticut’s labor force is now higher by 12,428 (0.7%) participants over the year, but did decline in July (-6,311, -0.3%) after six consecutive months of labor force increases.

“Connecticut experienced its first back-to-back June-July nonfarm employment gain since the recovery began in early 2010,” said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. “This growth, along with continued declines in the number of unemployed, may be an indication that the moderate employment growth we have seen this year will be sustainable for some time.”

Nonfarm Jobs: Preliminary July 2014 nonfarm employment estimates increased 2,400 (0.1%) positions to 1,670,300 for the third new Connecticut employment recovery highpoint reached this year (seasonally adjusted). This is the sixth monthly consecutive nonfarm job gain since the January 2014 deep freeze, and is also the longest monthly string of consecutive monthly gains since the jobs recovery began in early 2010 (there have been two strings of five months in a row, 10/10-2/11 and 11/11-3/12). The state’s overall nonfarm employment has increased 9,200 positions (0.6%) since July 2013. The three-month moving average of the state’s nonfarm employment has been on a steady uptrend since March .

Recession Recovery: Connecticut has now recovered 76,400 positions, or 64.1% of the 119,100 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs that were lost in the state during the March 2008 - February 2010 recession. Connecticut’s jobs recovery is now 53 months old and is averaging approximately 1,442 jobs per month overall since February 2010. The private sector has restored employment at a faster pace and has now recovered 86,100 (76.9%) of the 112,000 private sector jobs that were lost during the same downturn (1,625 per month). At 1,670,300 nonfarm jobs for July, the state needs to reach the 1,713,000 level to start a true nonfarm employment expansion. This will require an additional 42,700 jobs going forward. A total of 25,900 additional private sector positions are needed to have a fully restored private sector.

Labor Market Areas (LMAs): The July 2014 preliminary nonfarm estimates have three of the six major Connecticut Labor Market Areas (Bureau of Labor Statistics-recognized LMAs) increasing employment, while three LMAs posted job declines. The largest gaining LMA by far was the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA (2,200, 0.5%). Also exhibiting just small job gains were the Danbury LMA (200, 0.3%) and the Hartford LMA (100, 0.02%). The New Haven LMA (-600, -0.2%) led LMA job losers this month, but was the big gainer the previous month in June (2,000, 0.7%). The Norwich-New London LMA (-400, -0.3%) and the Waterbury LMA (-300, -0.5%) saw smaller monthly job losses. Over the year, only the Norwich-New London LMA is lower (-2,400, -1.9%) in nonagricultural employment. Note: The major Connecticut LMAs are estimated and seasonally adjusted independently from the statewide numbers by the BLS and cover about 90% of the nonfarm employment in the state, so they will not fully sum to the statewide total.

Hours and Earnings: The private sector workweek, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 33.8 hours in July 2014, higher by two-tenths of an hour from the year-ago estimate of 33.6 hours. Average hourly earnings at $27.84, not seasonally adjusted, were up two cents, or 0.07%, from the July 2013 hourly private sector pay figure of $27.82. The resulting average private sector weekly pay was calculated at $940.99, up $6.24, or 0.7% over the year. The year-to-year change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U, U.S. City Average, not seasonally adjusted) in July 2014 was not available at the time of this release (due out August 19). Information for the manufacturing production workweek and earnings can be found in the table section of this release under the “Hours and Earnings” data category.

The private sector grew 3,100 positions (0.2%) in July. This pace has accelerated in recent months and is at its fastest annual clip in 2014 (17,300, 1.2%). Government segments fell back again in July (-700, -0.3%) after four straight monthly gains and are still showing large declines over the year (-8,100, -3.3%), and since the job recovery began in February 2010 (-9,700).

Five of the ten major industry supersectors added positions in July, while four industry supersectors declined and the financial activities supersector was unchanged.  The five major industry supersector job gainers (business survey) in July were led by manufacturing (1,000, 0.6%).  Both sub-components, durable manufacturing (800, 0.6%) and nondurable manufacturing (200, 0.5%), showed gains.  Three supersectors added 800 jobs each - construction and mining (800, 1.4%), other services (800, 1.3%) and leisure and hospitality (800, 0.5%). Leisure and hospitality employment is at an all time high level.  A small gain of 300 positions (0.1%) came from the education and health services supersector, which is the largest of the ten in total jobs (326,600).

The four job-losing industry supersectors were led lower by government (-700, -0.3%).  State (-900, -1.3%) and federal (-100, -0.6%) were lower, while local government posted a small gain (300, 0.2%).  Local government where Indian casino employment is tallied is experiencing a big decline over the year (-6,000, -3.8%).  Information (-400, -1.3%) posted a relatively large loss for the state’s smallest supersector (31,400).  Two other supersectors exhibited small losses of just 100 positions.  They were professional and business services (-100, -0.05%) and trade, transportation & utilities (-100, -0.03%).  The financial activities supersector was unchanged with finance and insurance (-100, -0.1%) slightly lower, while real estate (100, 0.5%) was slightly higher.

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
Jul 2014 Jul 2013 Change Rate % Jul 2014 Jun 2014 Change Rate % May 2014 Apr 2014 Mar 2014
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,670,300 1,661,100 9,200 0.6% 1,670,300 1,667,900 2,400 0.1% 1,665,700 1,659,700 1,658,000
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,434,500 1,417,200 17,300 1.2% 1,434,500 1,431,400 3,100 0.2% 1,430,500 1,425,300 1,424,000
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
Mining 600 600 0 0.0% 600 600 0 0.0% 600 500 600
go to Construction sector data table Construction 56,500 53,800 2,700 5.0% 56,500 55,700 800 1.4% 55,400 56,400 56,000
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 163,500 164,100 -600 -0.4% 163,500 162,500 1,000 0.6% 162,700 161,900 162,100
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Transportation and Public Utilities 303,700 298,800 4,900 1.6% 303,700 303,800 -100 -0.0% 303,100 301,300 300,500
go to Information sector data table Information 31,400 32,300 -900 -2.8% 31,400 31,800 -400 -1.3% 31,700 31,500 31,700
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 130,200 131,400 -1,200 -0.9% 130,200 130,200 0 0.0% 130,500 130,900 130,700
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 207,100 205,300 1,800 0.9% 207,100 207,200 -100 -0.0% 206,200 203,900 203,500
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 326,600 321,400 5,200 1.6% 326,600 326,300 300 0.1% 325,900 325,500 325,600
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 152,200 147,400 4,800 3.3% 152,200 151,400 800 0.5% 152,100 151,400 151,100
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 62,700 62,100 600 1.0% 62,700 61,900 800 1.3% 62,300 62,000 62,200
go to Government sector data table Government 235,800 243,900 -8,100 -3.3% 235,800 236,500 -700 -0.3% 235,200 234,400 234,000
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 139,004,000 136,434,000 2,570,000 1.9% 139,004,000 138,795,000 209,000 0.2% 138,492,000 138,246,000 137,964,000
 Labor Force / Residents Employed / Residents Unemployed Top
Connecticut’s unemployment rate was calculated at 6.6% for July 2014 (seasonally adjusted). This is down one-tenth of a percentage point from June 2014, and down one and three-tenths of a percentage point from the July 2013 unemployment rate of 7.9%. The unemployment rate in Connecticut has not been this low since December of 2008 when it was 6.7% (it was 6.4% in November 2008 and rising fast at the time). The jobless rate continues to steadily decline in 2014.
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
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Unemp.
Labor
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Emp.
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Unemp.
Labor
Force
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Emp.
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Unemp.
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Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Jan   1,863.4 1,770.9 92.5 1,888.5 1,755.8 132.8 1,904.8 1,731.3 173.6 1,917.4 1,738.5 178.8 1,895.3 1,740.4 154.9 1,873.3 1,723.8 149.4 1,852.2 1,719.3 132.9
Feb   1,864.4 1,771.6 92.8 1,891.4 1,752.1 139.4 1,909.5 1,734.2 175.3 1,917.1 1,740.2 176.8 1,893.6 1,740.3 153.3 1,870.5 1,722.7 147.7 1,857.9 1,727.7 130.2
Mar   1,865.4 1,771.7 93.7 1,894.6 1,749.2 145.3 1,913.4 1,737.1 176.3 1,915.6 1,740.8 174.8 1,892.6 1,739.2 153.3 1,868.1 1,721.6 146.5 1,864.8 1,734.3 130.5
Apr   1,866.9 1,771.2 95.7 1,897.4 1,747.2 150.2 1,915.9 1,739.2 176.7 1,912.6 1,739.6 173.0 1,891.3 1,736.5 154.8 1,866.3 1,720.5 145.8 1,868.6 1,740.1 128.5
May   1,869.1 1,770.4 98.7 1,899.5 1,745.4 154.2 1,917.0 1,739.9 177.1 1,908.9 1,736.9 172.0 1,889.7 1,732.6 157.1 1,864.5 1,718.6 145.9 1,877.6 1,747.9 129.7
Jun   1,872.0 1,769.6 102.4 1,900.6 1,743.4 157.3 1,917.1 1,739.5 177.6 1,905.6 1,734.1 171.4 1,888.0 1,728.8 159.2 1,862.3 1,716.0 146.3 1,878.5 1,753.0 125.5
Jul   1,875.1 1,769.2 106.0 1,900.6 1,740.9 159.6 1,916.8 1,738.3 178.6 1,903.4 1,732.6 170.8 1,886.4 1,726.0 160.3 1,859.7 1,713.3 146.4 1,872.2 1,749.3 122.9
Aug   1,878.2 1,769.0 109.2 1,899.6 1,738.1 161.5 1,916.8 1,737.1 179.7 1,902.3 1,732.9 169.4 1,884.8 1,724.9 159.9 1,856.8 1,711.3 145.5
Sep   1,880.8 1,768.6 112.3 1,898.5 1,735.0 163.4 1,916.8 1,736.2 180.7 1,901.7 1,734.7 167.1 1,883.3 1,725.0 158.3 1,853.7 1,710.1 143.5
Oct   1,882.9 1,767.0 115.8 1,897.8 1,732.1 165.7 1,917.1 1,735.8 181.3 1,901.1 1,737.0 164.1 1,881.6 1,725.5 156.0 1,850.6 1,709.5 141.1
Nov   1,884.6 1,764.2 120.4 1,898.4 1,730.1 168.3 1,917.3 1,736.0 181.3 1,899.7 1,738.9 160.8 1,879.2 1,725.6 153.6 1,847.9 1,709.2 138.7
Dec   1,886.4 1,760.2 126.2 1,900.7 1,729.7 171.1 1,917.3 1,736.9 180.4 1,897.5 1,739.9 157.6 1,876.3 1,724.9 151.4 1,845.8 1,709.4 136.4
 State of Connecticut Unemployment Rate vs. United States Unemployment Rate Top
Based on the household survey, the number of unemployed, seasonally adjusted, declined by 2,625 (-2.1%) over the month to 122,851 in July 2014. This is the lowest level of unemployed residents in the state since the employment recovery began in February 2010. The state’s number of unemployed residents has decreased by 23,545 (-16.1%) since July 2013. The United States unemployment rate was 6.2% in July, up one-tenth of a percent from the June 2014 rate (6.1%), but lower by one and one-tenth of a percentage point from the July 2013 rate when it was estimated at 7.3%.

As always, the sample size underlying our labor force and unemployment data is very small and caution is advised in interpreting these trends.

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons
Jan  5.0 5.0 0.0 7.0 7.8 0.8 9.1 9.7 0.6 9.3 9.1 -0.2 8.2 8.2 0.0 8.0 7.9 -0.1 7.2 6.6 -0.6
Feb  5.0 4.9 -0.1 7.4 8.3 0.9 9.2 9.8 0.6 9.2 9.0 -0.2 8.1 8.3 0.2 7.9 7.7 -0.2 7.0 6.7 -0.3
Mar  5.0 5.1 0.1 7.7 8.7 1.0 9.2 9.9 0.7 9.1 9.0 -0.1 8.1 8.2 0.1 7.8 7.5 -0.3 7.0 6.7 -0.3
Apr  5.1 5.0 -0.1 7.9 9.0 1.1 9.2 9.9 0.7 9.0 9.1 0.1 8.2 8.2 0.0 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.9 6.3 -0.6
May  5.3 5.4 0.1 8.1 9.4 1.3 9.2 9.6 0.4 9.0 9.0 0.0 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.9 6.3 -0.6
Jun  5.5 5.6 0.1 8.3 9.5 1.2 9.3 9.4 0.1 9.0 9.1 0.1 8.4 8.2 -0.2 7.9 7.5 -0.4 6.7 6.1 -0.6
Jul  5.7 5.8 0.1 8.4 9.5 1.1 9.3 9.5 0.2 9.0 9.0 0.0 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.9 7.3 -0.6 6.6 6.2 -0.4
Aug  5.8 6.1 0.3 8.5 9.6 1.1 9.4 9.5 0.1 8.9 9.0 0.1 8.5 8.1 -0.4 7.8 7.2 -0.6
Sep  6.0 6.1 0.1 8.6 9.8 1.2 9.4 9.5 0.1 8.8 9.0 0.2 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.7 7.2 -0.5
Oct  6.2 6.5 0.3 8.7 10.0 1.3 9.5 9.5 0.0 8.6 8.8 0.2 8.3 7.8 -0.5 7.6 7.2 -0.4
Nov  6.4 6.8 0.4 8.9 9.9 1.0 9.5 9.8 0.3 8.5 8.6 0.1 8.2 7.8 -0.4 7.5 7.0 -0.5
Dec  6.7 7.3 0.6 9.0 9.9 0.9 9.4 9.4 0.0 8.3 8.5 0.2 8.1 7.9 -0.2 7.4 6.7 -0.7

The nonfarm employment estimate, derived from a survey of businesses, is a measure of jobs in the state; the unemployment rate, based on a household survey, is a measure of the work status of people who live in Connecticut. Overall, as the national and state economies recover, volatility in monthly numbers can be expected. Additionally, changes in methodology that culminated in March 2011 with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics assuming complete responsibility for estimating all states’ monthly nonfarm job counts, have contributed to the month-to-month variability in the numbers. Jobs estimates are best understood in the context of their movement over several months rather than observed changes in a single month’s estimate.

Next Connecticut Labor Situation release: Thursday, September 17, 2014 (August 2014 data)
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